Quintin    was    born    in    Colchester,    Essex,    in    1974    and    raised    in    the    nearby    town    of Manningtree.        He    spent    much    of    his    early    life    around    the    Dedham    Vale    'Constable Country'.      He   has   received   no   formal   art   training,   having   been   discouraged   from   pursuing a career in art whilst at school. He    studied    Geology    at    Leicester    University,    a    Masters    in    sedimentology    at    Reading University   and   gained   a   PhD   in   carbonate   sedimentology   from   The   Open   University, based in Milton Keynes.  Art    has    remained    a    lifelong    passion    of    his    and    he    is    largely    self-taught.        After experimenting   with   most   mediums   he   now   mainly   paints   in   oils   to   best   convey   his   realist style.      His   subject   matter   includes   landscapes,   pet   portraiture   and      still   life   and   surrealism, and   more   recently   people   portraits.         He   has   been   providing   commissioned   artwork   for   14 years mainly finding time during evenings and weekends. He lives in Aberdeenshire with his wife, Cheryl, daughter Rosalind.